MATH 31A

Differential and Integral Calculus

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Michael Andrews Full Profile > 4.4 Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.3 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
He is so cool. Ez A. Never attend a single lecture but do finish his homework. And the practice exam which will almost cover the question in the real ex... (Winter Quarter 2016)
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He is so cool. Ez A. Never attend a single lecture but do finish his homework. And the practice exam which will almost cover the question in the real exam. Half of the exam will be calculating limits derivatives, integrals, and tangent lines. Homework due every week.

Winter Quarter 2016
Tonci Antunovic Full Profile > 4.8 Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.4 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
Fall 2013 I thought he was a reasonable professor. He was good at explaining most topics and truly did care that students would understand. He is kind ... (March 29, 2014)
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Fall 2013

I thought he was a reasonable professor. He was good at explaining most topics and truly did care that students would understand. He is kind of quirky in a good way! It is entertaining sometimes to see his tendencies in class. He does have an accent, but I don't think it got in the way of his teaching. Office hours with him were helpful and I thought his grading was fair.

March 29, 2014
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Matthias Aschenbrenner Full Profile > 3.1 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness
For me, Professor Aschenbrenner was sub-par. Going into the class with previous calculus experience, I failed the first midterm. Realizing his lectures ... (Dec. 11, 2011)
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For me, Professor Aschenbrenner was sub-par. Going into the class with previous calculus experience, I failed the first midterm. Realizing his lectures were useless in terms of the tests, homework, and understanding, I never again attended a lecture aside from discussion, which was the only thing worthwhile. By going to the TAs office hours and discussion (highly recommend matt lane), I proceeded to get an A on the second midterm and the final. Traditionally professors are supposed to teach, but if you're looking for this don't take Aschenbrenner. I did get extra sleep though, so I guess in a way it wasn't so bad

Dec. 11, 2011
Erkao Bao Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Marek Biskup Full Profile > 2.3 Overall 1.3 Easiness 1.1 Workload 2.9 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness
This man was the bane of my existence. Strict grading & a harsh inventory of problems. OFFICE HOURS are crucial. but then again, not taking this man mig... (Feb. 4, 2011)
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This man was the bane of my existence.
Strict grading & a harsh inventory of problems.
OFFICE HOURS are crucial.
but then again, not taking this man might just be a smarter choice

Feb. 4, 2011
Demetri Brizolis Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.9 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness
I haven't even received my official grade for the class, but I know my grade will be bad. Brizolis isn't even a bad professor or teacher - it's just th... (Fall Quarter 2017)
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I haven't even received my official grade for the class, but I know my grade will be bad.
Brizolis isn't even a bad professor or teacher - it's just the tests that are IMPOSSIBLE.

I passed calc AB and calc BC, and I thought this would be the easiest review class. WRONG. His tests are IMPOSSIBLE to do in 50 minutes ACCURATELY, or to even just finish in time. This midterm I just took wasn't even hard - he made it easier I think. But just doing it accurately in 50 minutes was pointless.

He's a nice guy and always dresses nice to class, so I feel bad making this review. He's not even a bad teacher. But seriously, even if you did well in calculus in high school like I did, you'll be struggling while your friends in Ou and Marks' class are doing just fine and they will think you're stupid for struggling in 31A - but in reality they'd be doing bad too if they had Brizolis.

TAKE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fall Quarter 2017
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Robert Brown Full Profile > 4.7 Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.3 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness
Professor Brown is a really nice guy and very helpful during office hours, but his lectures are pretty boring. I usually wanted to fall asleep in his cl... (Dec. 16, 2008)
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Professor Brown is a really nice guy and very helpful during office hours, but his lectures are pretty boring. I usually wanted to fall asleep in his class. If you don't want to go to class or can't stay awake, make sure to do the homework since there is a weekly quiz during discussion on one of the homework problems. Overall, I liked Professor Brown and I'm glad he gave us a 3x5 index card to use on the midterm and two cards for the final. If you take the time to learn the material and the theory behind it, then you'll do fine on the midterms and final. Like every other class, connect theories to one another because you will need to know how one is connected to the other for certain problems on the exams.

Dec. 16, 2008
Steven Butler Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 1.7 Easiness 2.0 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
AVOID BUTLER AT ALL COSTS. He is a good lecturer but his tests are simply impossible. (March 14, 2010)
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AVOID BUTLER AT ALL COSTS. He is a good lecturer but his tests are simply impossible.

March 14, 2010
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Will Conley Full Profile > 4.6 Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.9 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness
Conley is a really good teacher. Answering math questions via e-mail is not the easiest task, yet he responded to my math questions (and those of my fri... (March 31, 2013)
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Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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Conley is a really good teacher. Answering math questions via e-mail is not the easiest task, yet he responded to my math questions (and those of my friends) with really detailed explanations. He also spend about 3 hours at each exam review going over what would be on the mid-terms and final. The guy wants the students to do well in the class.
You still have to know the material, though. The class covers a lot of material and much of it builds upon the last concept, so my advice would be to do all the HW assignments and make sure you really know the material before Conley introduces a new concept in the next lecture.
His office hours were pretty crowded, but he's very willing to make one-on-one appointments if you need help.
His grading is fair; he's willing to throw out the worst of your two midterms and uses a generous curve. I did pretty poorly on the mid-terms, but got a 89% on the final and earned a B+ in the class.
Conley's good.

March 31, 2013
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